Glowing on a Budget: Affordable Highlighters for Dark Skin
Finding the right highlighter for dark skin tones can be similar to the hunt for foundation - it's tough.
If you're looking for highlighters that won't leave you looking like ashy but still pigmented enough to give you a goddess worthy, sun-kissed glow, you'll love this list.
We only selected highlighters under $30 USD so you can get a fresh-faced glow all year round without breaking the bank.
Black Radiance Baked Bronzed Powder in Rose Gold
We'll have to forgive the faux pas of Black Radiance creating this as a bronzer as opposed to a highlighter.
Since it's the it's the only product on this list that's less than $5, we're happy to ignore the bronzer listing and enjoy the affordable glow.
Swatches by Cocoaswatches
MFMG Cosmetics Highlighter in Taj Mahal
It's hard not to be excited about a cruelty-free, paraben-free option made exclusively for dark skin women that retails for $21. This bronzey gold is a must for melanin-rich makeup lovers that want a buildable glow that can transition easily from day at work to night on the town.
With one swipe pigmentation, a little goes a long way for everyday wear and it can be layered for those days that you want your cheekbones showing from a distance
Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator
At $26 for 0.16oz of product, this product is on the higher side of our affordable list. Really pigmented, you would have to look elsewhere if you are looking for just a subtle glow. This medium, buildable coverage will give you the shimmer you need.
Milani Strobelight Instant Glow Powder
Made with light-reflecting pearls, the Milani Strobelight is a steal at $10. Out of the powders in this collection, the Glowing shade, a bronze pearl shade, is the best bet for dark skin tones. If you want an affordable highlighter that doesn't look like glitter, opt for Instant Glow